Kingsley Print & Design has installed a Suprasetter A75 from Heidelberg to update its platesetting capabilities.
The Egham-based operation, which was was one of the first UK companies to adopt Suprasetter technology 12 years ago, has elected to move on to the new A75 to feed its five-colour Speedmaster XL 75 press.
The A75 was installed in the first week of the year and was operational as of Friday 4 January. It will be run around 16 hours each day to keep up with Kingsley’s requirements of around 1,500 plates each month. Processless plates will be used in line with the firm’s environmental policy.
Managing director Bradley Vaughan said: “Maintaining our old system was gradually proving to be impractical and expensive.
“We are a Heidelberg house and we went straight to them when we decided to replace our platesetting system. We have a deal for regular service and great provision of upgrades.
“From our point of view, the A75 will result in quicker production, increased speeds and a lower energy consumption that is better for the environment. Its third-generation lasers should also result in sharper plates.”
Heidelberg’s Suprasetter A75 system can produce up to 22 plates/hr at a minimum size of 240x240mm and a maximum of 676x760mm with a resolution of 2,400dpi.
Moving forward, Kingsley will spend the year focusing on its growth target of 10% by investing in further equipment, with enhancements to its finishing and wide-format wings currently in consideration.
The firm runs its Heidelberg kit alongside digital and wide-format machines from Canon and a full gamut of finishing equipment on 560sqm premises with 21 staff.